Noted author Jamaica Kincaid to speak on campus Sept. 1.
Jamaica Kincaid, author of Annie John and The Autobiography of My Mother, will speak on campus Thursday night in an event sponsored by The Claremont Colleges. "An Evening With Jamaica Kincaid: A Reading" is set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 in Bridges Auditorium. A question and answer session and book signing will follow Kincaid's presentation.
Kincaid is widely praised for her works exploring the tenuous relationship between mother and daughter as well as themes of anti-colonialism. Born in Antigua, Kincaid was sent by her mother to the United States at the age of 17 to work as an au pair for a wealthy family in New York. Her first writing experience involved a series of articles for Ingénue magazine. Through her writing, she befriended George W.S. Trow, a writer for the New Yorker, who began writing "Talk of the Town" pieces about her. Kincaid herself later became a writer for the magazine.
Kincaid has received numerous awards and honors, including a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund writer's award. My Brother, a memoir of her relationship with her brother who died of AIDS, was nominated for the National Book Award.
Tickets for free admission are available for Pomona College students, faculty and staff from through Aug. 31 (Present college ID at Pomona’s ASPC Office, located in Suite 244 of Smith Campus Center). Though the event is general admission, first-year students will be given preferred seating to welcome them to the colleges. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the public at Bridges Auditorium box office on Sept. 1. Ticket price: $5.